Cheap beer, Barcelona's principal tourist attraction. Arxiu

Avoiding the Sagrada Família

Every year, thousands of young men and women flock to Barcelona just because it's a cool place to live. What destiny awaits them in this city of legend? They usually end up teaching English, though they may never have faced a classroom in their lives.

Nancy Cox and the cover of her book, Pleasant Days in Spain.  ARCHIVE

A city with charm

A bustling day in the enchanting city of Barcelona delights a well-travelled Amercian sculptor

Mallorca the Magnificent (New York, 1927 ARCHIVE

Waxing lyrical

A philanthropist from the US takes time from her wartime work to paint a picture of Mallorca with her words

Han Kang

books of the month recommended by linguae bookshop

Girona's El Call, the citys' medieval Jewish quarter.  JORDI SOLER

Secrets of the stones An Entrancing Forest

Fleeing madness and boredom in Sidcup, Patrice Chaplin found love, excitement and freedom in, paradoxically, Franco's dictatorship

Fool me Once - Harlan Coben

books of the month recommended by linguae bookshop

A selection by Caroline Earle White, A Holiday in Spain and Norway (Philadelphia, 1895), pp. 11-16Barcelona's famed Rambla at the beginning of last century.  PERE GIFRA ARCHIVE

The critical eye

A 19th century American animal rights campaigner observes the treatment of animals in Valencia

Grape-growing and wine-making form the backdrop for the story of Josep Alvarez./  ENOTURISME PENEDÈS

Far-away adventures The grapes of peace

Noah Gordon is a writer who does not resort to using a flashy literary style or dazzling imagery. His effective but popular books are firmly based on a good story and richly detailed description

View of the island of Mallorca in 1930. /  PERE GIFRA ARCHIVE

Looting the Islands

The writer's affection for the Islands is not their beauty but the treasure trove of antiquities that she found there

Interior view of the Poblet Monastery

Lost grandeur

An American art collector ponders the lost treasures of the ill-fated and ruinous monastery of Poblet